Friction v Tension…what wins?
We all know what friction is. It keeps our cars from sliding around, it keeps us from slipping and in general makes movement possible!
Friction also plays an important part in the string bed of your tennis racquet. Friction between the strings and the ball create friction which in turn creates rotation.
What are, however, some of the downsides of friction in the string bed during, and after, the stringing process?
For more detailed information and a graph showing the forces involved go to our membership site, GASP.network, but in the meantime this image will show the frictional forces at work!
This machine tension head will pull the string (blue) in the direction of the center of the racquet support structure instead of directly out the middle of the grommet.
It is obvious that this will create considerable friction and result in lower tension inside the grommet than outside the grommet.
Posted on March 7, 2021, in Accuracy, Blog Posts, Blogs, Distortion, Elongation, Inspiration, Juniors, Kinesiology, Learning, News!, Patterns, String Patterns, Stringing Frequency, Technology, Tension, True Tension. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.